Kanekoa: ukulele powered Hawai’ian Reggae Fusion Rock from Maui
Maui based music group Kanekoa (Ka-nee-ko-a) will be coming to Grand Forks in April, 2015 to share some Aloha from the Hawai’ian Islands through music, storytelling, teaching, and cultural exchange. They are being hosteded by Northstar Council. Kanekoa will perform acoustic sets on Saturday April 18th at 5pm at the University of North Dakota as part of the “Time-Out” Wacipi, and Sunday April 19th from 7-9pm at the Empire Theater. Additionally, Kanekoa will hold beginner and advanced ukulele playing workshops at Poppler’s music on Saturday April 18th for $25 each session. For performance tickets please contact the University of North Dakota Indian Association and the Empire Theatre. For more information on ukulele workshops please contact Poppler’s music.
Kanekoa describes its music as ukulele powered Hawai’ian Reggae Fusion Rock. Kanekoa has been playing together since 1999, melding elements of Hawaiian, Rock, Folk, Blues, Reggae and improvisation into a truly unique sound.
Bill Kreutzman, drummer for the Grateful Dead and the 7Walkers, called Kanekoa "The Hawai'ian Grateful Dead." Kanekoa was invited to play Bill’s wedding on Kaua’i.
Bill Kreutzman, drummer for the Grateful Dead and the 7Walkers, called Kanekoa "The Hawai'ian Grateful Dead." Kanekoa was invited to play Bill’s wedding on Kaua’i. Kanekoa has shared the stage with Jake Shimabukuro, 7 Walkers (Bill Kreutzman of GDead), Los Lobos, Marshal Tucker Band, Makana, Steve Kimock, Willie Nelson, John Cruz, Eric McFadden, Ekolu, Willie K, Anuhea, Paula Fuga/Mike Love/Sam Ites, Brudda Waltah, Trombone Shorty, Fruition, Ian Neville's Dumpstafunk, George Porter, DJ Logic, David Nelson, Afromassive, Popppa Grows Funk, Jerry Joseph and the Jack Mormons, amongst others. Kanekoa has toured and played festivals in Hawai’I, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. Kanekoa appeared in the Farelly Brothers feature film "Heartbreak Kid" with Ben Stiller and two of our songs were used in the movie. In 2014 Kanekoa was invited to play the JamBase Live video series. The band’s 2007 CD “Under the Coconut Sky” is distributed worldwide courtesy of Fontana/Universal.
Kanekoa’s main website portal is www.kanekoamusic.com From here there are links to 14 years of music, videos, pictures, and Kanekoa’s history.
Here are two links to videos of Kanekoa playing intimate acoustic sets:
Here is a link to a full acoustic show at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center February 2014 opening for ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro: http://kanekoa.bandcamp.com/album/kanekoa-acoustic-live-maui-arts-cultural-center-feb-2014.
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